At OCSI, we want our students to think. We want our students to think critically and Biblically. So, we ask our students to…
- Imagine, analyze, and evaluate art, in part by applying artistic principles.
- Consider what it means to live Biblically.
- Persist in order to solve problems.
- Assess their writing.
- Think about history and current events in light the Biblical principles.
- Consider (a) the interconnection of language and culture and (b) the importance of humility, love, and discipline when communicating across language/culture barriers as host or guest.
- Solve problems by applying patterns, use sound reasoning, and critiquing the reasoning of others.
- Analyze how scientific conclusions can be influenced by assumptions, carefully examine claims, and weigh evidence, including Biblical evidence.
- Evaluate performances and creations (their own and others’) in terms of quality, purpose, worldview, and beauty.
- Think about strategy, synthesize key concepts, and evaluate their own motivation in matters of health, fitness, performance, and competition.
- Analyze alternative solutions, synthesize ideas, and evaluate their product, process, and workplace ethics (in part, by applying Biblical principles).
To help students grow as thinkers, we use a variety of strategies, including:
- Asking open-ended questions.
- Having students share how they came up with their answers.
- Classroom discussion.
- Emphasizing the value of creative solutions.
- Inviting students to solve real world problems.
- Asking students to connect what they study and what the Bible teaches.
Says Michael Essenburg, superintendent: “Our world needs thinkers. Our world needs thinkers who make positive impact. I’m glad our students are growing as critical and Biblical thinkers.”
During the October 2 staff meeting, staff discussed what they want our students to think about.